Reality Re-Explained:
Our Natural HUD
(Heads-Up Display)

Tech companies are building them for all manner of things, but society at large has been living without active use of their built-in, real-time, evolutionary HUD; emotions.

UPDATED: 2021 APR 26 12:40 Pacific (WIP)

Human-Beings' Natural HUD

Before I explain how emotions are human-being's (our) natural HUD, and how to use it, let's go over the basics.

... What is a HUD?!

A HUD is a "Heads-Up Display," which is a manner of displaying a real-time notification to a person about something, giving them a (as in, "pay attention!") "heads-up" and giving the display it's name.

What are known examples of a HUD?

Early technological HUD examples are: 
  • the good 'ol air-traffic control radar screens and their blip dots
  • the gages in the dashboard of any automobile, boat or airplane.
  • DMV & Deli "serving this number" signs, analog and digital
  • hopefully you get the idea...

Modern technological HUD examples are:
  • smartPhone "notification" bar
  • video game on-screen maps, real-time vital signs, etc.
  • guide lines and proximity sensors on reverse "car cams"
  • you get the idea...

Futuristic technological HUD examples are:
  • Internet in your eyeglasses
  • Smart-glass pads (like iPads but they look like Plexiglas)
  • Smart-walls that are interactive decor, computer, and TV
  • you get the idea...

What makes our "emotions" a HUD?

Everyday examples are:
  • real-time notifications
  • doesn't decide
  • interactive
  • you get the idea...

Detailed examples are:
  • when I have an emotional reaction (HUD notification), the emotion doesn't make a decision for me, it just notifies me.
  • I can name specific emotions that I feel, and they generally feel the same to me when I feel them, and that is how I know I am feeling it. 
  • I can feel more than one emotion at once, and when I make a conscious effort, I can even identify the individual feelings I am feeling all at once.
  • you get the idea...

The mind-blowing examples are:
  • when I feel emotions that make me feel "good," I also feel like more things are good, possible to achieve, exciting!
  • when I feel emotions that make me "unsure," I also feel I cannot move forward and have less clear opinion on things.
  • when I feel emotions that make me feel "bad," I also feel like more things are bad, impossible to achieve, hopeless.
  • you get the idea...

If these emotional signals were in a visual display before our eyes, as technological HUDs are designed, we would not doubt it.

How do we KNOW our emotions are a HUD?

Everyday examples are:
  • We all (as individuals) just want to be happy.
  • We all (as individuals) don't want to be controlled by emotions.
  • We all (as individuals) have the ability to change our emotions.
  • I hope you're getting the idea...

More detailed examples are:
  • Assuming I want to be happy; my level of happiness (or unhappiness) is a "heads-up" to how close or far I am to being happy.
  • Assuming I want the best experience out of my decisions; my level of happiness (or unhappiness) is a "heads-up" to how close or far I am to being satisfied with my decision.
  • Assuming I want to change how I feel (about anything); my feelings are a "heads-up" to how close or far I am from changing how I feel.
  • etc.

The proof-positive examples are:
  • "Things themselves have no natural power to form our judgements" (Marcus Aurelius); and so it is our emotions that give us a "heads-up" about our own judgement of things.
  • "Do or do not. There is no try." (Yoda); and so emotions give us a "heads-up" as to whether we're "trying" or actually doing.
  • "Learn to discern for yourself." -RA; It's emotions' "heads-up" that allows us to self-assess with clarity of mind and heart/soul.
  • etc.

Allow me to reiterate:
Emotions are just a notification! 

Our thoughts are what triggers our feelings, and by then, we're simply being notified. 

My thoughts or your thoughts, whether we're thinking them in the moment, or have them as preconceived notions (preferences, prejudices, beliefs, etc.) because we've thought them before, we're only being notified of our own perception when we feel emotions.

As a HUD, emotions give us variation to know our own minds and hearts/souls. No emotion is actually "bad" but serves a purpose. A perfect, easy example is fear. 

Some of us like to be scared, and we enjoy the euphoria of still being alive and in one piece after! (Love of Haunted Houses, Scary Movies, or Roller Coasters, as examples.

The contrast of our feelings is exhilarating and there is a very real reason for that: 

Emotions, all of them, help us evolve! Evolving is exhilarating!

How do we USE our HUD?

Everyday examples are:
  • Think of your emotion HUD like a gas gage;  Happiness is FULL, Despair is EMPTY (the feelings even feel that way!), and we all know we get better "gas milage" on the 1st, fuller half of the tank! 
  • Use your HUD to keep aiming for FULL. Feelings like Happiness, Elation, Joy, Excitement, and Satisfaction, but also Hope, Contentment,  Tranquility, Relief, and at least indifference!
  •  To aim for FULL, follow Peter Pan's lead and "think happy thoughts." It sounds silly, but it really is the most effective way.

More detailed example:
  • You suddenly feel upset, or mad because someone said something upsetting to you: When using your HUD, you acknowledge the upsetting feeling is not telling you that the person should watch what they say around you, it is telling you that you should watch what you're thinking about whatever they said!
  • Let me repeat that in another way: Because nothing (not even words or people) can reach into your mind and force thoughts and feelings into you, it is your own thoughts ABOUT "whatever" that make you feel the way you feel. Your HUD is just notifying you that your thoughts are, or aren't in agreement with your preference to be happy.
  • Let me repeat that yet one more way: When your HUD notifies you that your thoughts on a given subject or thing aren't making you happy, you are the one who chooses to act on the notification or not, and your feelings will just get "better" or "worse" in direct proportion to your thinking, notifying you of your progress!


PROVERBIAL “WALK THRU” example for using our HUD! 

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It is first important to recognize our tendency to give power to "things," as if they are the cause (and not our thoughts about them) for our distress and outrages. When you actively use your HUD, that changes.

"THIS is morally wrong and I will never feel good about it":

   Becomes more accurately (when using your HUD):

 “this icky feeling I am feeling is telling me that as I focus on my own perception of the immorality of THIS, I am making myself unhappy by  ____ degree, and that if I continue to focus in this way, I will only continue to feel bad, and worse, and worse...”

   Which becomes an opportunity (when using your HUD):

“Thank you HUD for letting me know I have an unfavorable (as in, doesn’t make me HAPPY!) prejudice in this matter!”

Gratitude is always a great first step in feeling better!

   Followed by (when using your HUD):

“How can I perceive THIS which will feel better to me?”

(When truly using your HUD, when open and reaching for the thoughts which feel better, you may be at first surprised to realize the answers literally ‘come’ to you when asked.) 

   The first immediate answer/thought: 

“I am not doing/saying/thinking THIS immoral thing, and I do feel better recognizing that it is not me doing/saying/thinking THIS.”

Once you start to feel that… relief, that loss of tension or loss of anger, or loss of outrage, these are HUD given signs that you are mentally in range of even better feeling thoughts and perceptions. 

   It becomes natural to ask again, more specifically:

“What about THIS itself? How do I feel better-“

Sometimes, your answers will tell you that you don’t WANT to feel better about a given subject! 

(A) This is usually true, and 

(B) it doesn’t have to be true. 

Alas, if you feel strongly about (a), your next step is to let the subject go altogether and think of something else. You can always come back to it later. Feeling a gut-reaction against reaching for a better-feeling thought is a telling sign you’re not ready to re-align your mind and heart on such a thing because (C) in some way you’re enjoying having your negative emotions about it, or (D) it’s been thought so much it has become a belief, not just a thought, and now you have other thoughts about the implications of changing that belief. Only when you’re over (C) enjoying the ick (for what ever reason, though usually self-righteousness), or (D) ready to re-assess your beliefs, will you feel the proverbial open door allowing you to ask again:

“How do I feel better about THIS immorality specifically?”

(The answer comes): “Mans laws of morality have changed over time, but inside we have a sense of “right” and “wrong” internally guiding us by feel, “this feels right,” "this feels wrong,” and THIS feels wrong to me. It is enough to know it is immoral to me, and that I won’t think/say/do it. I have no control over other individuals so I will not spend my energy in such an effort. I will instead live as the example I want to share, and freely speak my moral path when asked.”

If you’re thinking “But it’s NOT enough.” Than you’re probably still under the mistaken belief that big change happens through external forces. “If I push to have this law passed which supports my belief, that is real change!” LOL and it is. However, that course of action simply opens the door for you to be further aggravated when you notice people breaking this law you so carefully had put in place! How dare they! You will be in an endless pursuit of controlling others, something you do not actually have the power to do, not with all the armies of all the world… as history has continued to show us.

I remind of people like Gandhi, and Malcolm X, and Dr. Martin Luther King, who wanted these big changes to happen but knew it cannot be forced (because force begets more force.) They changed themselves and were living examples that others couldn’t help but to follow, and those others changed themselves and lived on as further examples… and in these examples, in these historical cases, there came a tipping point where enough people changed themselves that the external change was seen to happen too, because it became naturally inevitable. These are the lasting changes.

Don’t take my word for it; Learn to discern for yourself.


(Hurricane vs Sun Shower example)

It "pisses me off" when my twin insists on tactlessly blurting out her perspective of things without regard to other people's perspectives of what she is saying. 

Even knowing their emotions on any subject are related only to their own perception of the subject, I prefer the gentle approach because I believe people can absorb the information better. 

A sun-shower nourishing verses a hurricane destroying first, and nourishing what is left.

So, when using my emotion HUD, I realize that when I get "pissed off" at my twin for this, it is really my HUD telling me my perspective isn't making me happy. I may be getting "pissed off" at her, but it really isn't her I am mad about. 

You say: "But she is the one carelessly blurting!"

And I say: "Yes, but I cannot control her, only myself and so my anger tells me I can improve myself by improving my focus of this situation toward a perspective I can feel good about."

You ask: "How?"

My first answer is: "Practice."

It takes practice to immediately recognize your HUD and use it. In this example, in order to improve my own perspective of my twin and her blurting, I think to myself she is the proverbial ripping off of the band-aid, and some people actually prefer it that way. Since neither she nor I have the capability to immediately read a person and know what their preferences are, the important thing is that she feels good being her, and I feel good being me; our differences are natural and have their place in the world. Man does that make me feel instantly better!

("Care enough to..." example)

Sometimes I despair that my twin doesn't seem to care enough to... (enter any number of things I wish she would do/say which would give me the feeling she cares.)

She admits to having had the same feelings of me, and in that, we were able to really identify that the despair comes from our own perspective, and not from whether the other person actually cares or not.

When using my emotion HUD, I realize when I despair about my twin not caring enough to... what I am really despairing about is that my personally formed expectation of care being shown in X-Y-Z way isn't being met. 

When I use my emotion HUD, it makes it easier to then realize and ask myself: 

(a) Do I think X-Y-Z is some universal law of caring that everyone inherently KNOWs and some people just choose to ignore? 

lol, seems ridiculous...


(b) Do I think I can change my perspective to allow for different manners of showing care? Seems way more reasonable of a rational being, doesn't it? 

Makes me feel better to think it too.

So I think to myself, my Twin DOES care enough to... (and I list all the things I can think of which my twin does, which I mostly don't do), and I am humbled to realize if we all showed how we cared in the same ways, the world would become very boring and the value of those signs of caring would become less in the numbness we get from consistency.

Again, my emotion just notifies me of my own perspective of things, and I choose to keep that perspective or change it, to feel better or feel worse.

("Well, I don't..." or "Well, I do..." example)

Sometimes I feel totally wall-struck and suddenly flabbergasted when my twin and I have fundamental differences in perspective; literal do and don't differences.

No matter what it is, I recommend reminding yourself that if we all said 'I do' to the same things, we'd be the same person. Our differences are what makes us uniquely us, and our similarities are how we connect.

When using my emotion HUD, I realize my reaction to her opposing preference really helps me decide if my preference is flexible. The stronger my negative reaction, the less flexible my preference is in the moment.

I could keep reiterating the same points, but the truth is, you're the only one feeling what you feel or knowing which feelings give you the most satisfaction and joy. 


Be grateful when someone helps you define yourself by offering you that contrasting moment, that emotion you didn't like but made you pay attention to what you were thinking.

Let it go, whatever it is, if it's not helping you define what you want and you're just upset or mad about it, because that's just building momentum for the thing you don't want.


Finally, if you remember nothing else, remember that we related to Peter Pan and his band of kids doing impossible things because they weren't just brave, they were happy.

Kids like to be happy, adults want to be happy,

so choose the thoughts that feel happier!

It's that simple.


TIPs & TRICKs to using your HUD

Living a happy life is attainable, being happy 99% of the time is attainable, being “high on life” is attainable, and all are sustainable with your HUD!

Remember, every 15 seconds you spend on a thought and feeling the more open that proverbial door to similar feelings and thoughts (good or bad, favored or not) so our HUD is vital for helping us be aware of our own thoughts!

1. Always ask yourself more questions than you ask of others. i.e. if you’re asking why so-n-so won’t change, you should be asking yourself. If you’re asking for a better circumstance to feel better, you should be asking yourself why you would rather suffer “until” … when you can choose to feel better right now… and so on…

2. Always aim for Happy thoughts, aim for thoughts that feel better to you when you think them, as it is the most direct and sustainable route to “HAPPINESS” and “SUCCESS!" Gratitude is one of the best starts from any emotional state so, if reaching for a thought that makes you happy is too hard or seems impossible, begin with gratitude. Just think about something, anything, everything you are grateful for and let yourself feel your gratitude for "it" and you will find those happy thoughts less elusive as the relief of your gratitude and joy of your gratitude seeps in and raises your mood.

3. Get comfortable in the cycle of feeling a bad feel and using it to re-define your mind so you can aim for a better feel, because this is how you evolve, and how you define yourself from your input so, it never ends. There will ALWAYS be some new “thing” that whacks you into a feeling you don’t like/want, and in it, you will more clearly identify what DOES make you happy, and you’ll be happy for the continued clarity!

4. Don’t hesitate to “let it go” if you’re struggling to feel better about “it.” You can always re-assess a thought or idea or notion later. Indeed, it is better to let it go and reassess later! Think of something else entirely which makes you happy. Start with gratitude if nothing else feels better. When you’re feeling happy again, you can re-consider (or better still, allow the subject to reemerge naturally and then re-consider) the ick-subject with a clearer mind and clearer HUD responses. 

5. Last but not least: When it comes down to it, you are using your HUD to answer for yourself:
(A) Am I enjoying or am I not enjoying? 
(B) Do I want or do I not want? 

In every single subject under the known universe, these are the ultimate things you are concluding for yourself and your experience, and I am concluding for me and my experience, and so on for every individual.

Be HAPPY when people congregate together under a belief you DON’T agree with! They’ve found their kindred spirits and made it easier for you to identify that they are not for you! 
Be HAPPY when people congregate together under a belief you DO agree with! They’ve found kindred spirits and made it easier for you to identify that they are for you too! 

Do you see? Your HUD is pivotal not just for defining yourself, or enjoying your life experiences no matter what, but also for navigating the sea of others we call society. 

You're the only one who can navigate your life, as you're the only one living it.


"Many roads lead to the Great Path. 

  Only the willing will find their way.

                                                  -Oma Desala 

                                                  (Stargate SG-1)


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